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Gemological Institute of America ‐ Certifications, Cost, and Reviews

Gemological Institute of America is located in Carlsbad, CA, but also offers classes online. This school offers training in 36 qualifications, with the most reviewed qualifications being Gemologist, Accredited Jewelry Professional, and Accredited Jeweler Professional. Time to complete this education training ranges from 1 week to 3 years depending on the qualification, with a median time to complete of 6 months. The cost to attend Gemological Institute of America ranges from $300 to $21,000 depending on the qualification, with a median cost of $5,000. When asked how they paid for their training, most reviewers responded, "My company paid for my training".

The most commonly reported benefits of attending Gemological Institute of America are "Good career preparation" and "Positive environment", but respondents also mentioned "Hands-on training" and "Flexible class hours" as notable benefits. Gemological Institute of America has been reviewed 39 times, with an average rating of 4.97 out of 5. 100% of reviewers would recommend Gemological Institute of America to a friend.

School Information

1 week - 3 years


  • Accredited Jewelry Professional: $500
  • Diamond Certificate: $300
  • Gemologist: $10,000 - $60,000
  • Certified Professional: $10,000
  • Diamond and Colored Stones Certificate: $5,000
  • Diamond and Color Stones Essentials: $500
  • Acredited jewelry Professional: $500
  • Diamontologist: $150
  • Diamonds and Diamond Grading: $5,000
  • Diamond Grading: $2,000
  • Accredited Jeweler Professional: $7,000
  • Coding Certificate: $25,000
  • Certificate Diamond Gemologist (GIA Certificate): $4,000
  • GIA - Diamonds Certificate: $1,000
  • GIA Certified Diamond Grader: $1,500
  • GIA accredited jewelry professional: $500
  • GIA Diamond Grader: $6,000
  • Graduate Diamonds: $10,000
  • Graduate Color Stones: $10,000
  • GIA Distant Education Program Certificate: $8,000
  • Applied Jewelry Professional: $700

What do students think about this program?

Top pros

Good career preparation Mentioned in 22 reviews
Positive environment Mentioned in 20 reviews
Hands-on training Mentioned in 20 reviews

Recent reviews



Flexible class hours, Good teachers, Affordable, Helpful career services, Positive environment, Good career preparation


The distance for campuses for the more advanced degrees

Other comments

I enjoyed the history behind gemstones, the manufacturing processes over the thousands of years people have desired gemstones and jewelry for many different reasons. The degree of detail in describing and identifying gems.



Flexible class hours, Good teachers, Affordable, Helpful career services, Positive environment, Good career preparation

Other comments

Well worth the money, awesome course, amazing knowledge base. The amount of knowledge was extremely thorough and covered all bases, fully assuring successful completion.

Gemologist Questions & Answers

What do people wish they knew before earning their Gemologist?

7 people answered

“It was exactly what I was looking for and more.”

Sept. 5, 2019

“That I was interested in the jewelry industry.”

May 24, 2019

What advice would you give to someone interested in earning their Gemologist?

8 people answered

“Make sure you are ready to dedicate time in learning about Gems and diamonds.”

Sept. 5, 2019

“It is very interesting and fun to learn.”

May 24, 2019
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